‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 5, Episode 9 Review

It’s certainly clear by now that the latter half of The Handmaid’s Tale‘s current season is above and beyond better than the first. It took a while — and some painful character decisions and perplexing plot developments — to get to this point, but it resulted in very exciting and poignant television. Gilead is in a very precarious situation. They are seeing real success as a country trying to form a place in the world. Meanwhile, America’s light is fading. Stuck in the middle is just one woman who wanted nothing more than to get her daughter back. Inherently, June (Elisabeth Moss) is not special from other women in the same situation, and yet she is still a symbol of where the future is headed.

This episode largely deals with June trying to figure out the best way forward. The Americans’ operation to rescue the girls at the wives school failed miserably. In fact, it was Lawrence’s (Bradley Whitford) brilliant planning that thwarted their efforts. Also, his sly political maneuvering continues to unfold as he tries to lure June to his new colony. Matters are further complicated when Nick (Max Minghella) reveals that his wife is pregnant. In her own plot line, Serena’s (Yvonne Strahovski) situation continues to worsen until she decides to make an escape attempt with her child.

The drama and suspense for this episode were high on multiple levels. Seeing June make a decision between Gilead and America finally put her on a path for war. Things may have been a little overly dramatic in its final scene, but overall, it was a pleasure to watch. Lawrence especially is interesting as he struggles to right his wrongs. He’s a layered and nuanced character who shows the world isn’t painted in black and white. As he and June face off, it will make for a very interesting confrontation.

The Handmaid’s Tale streams Wednesdays on Hulu.

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